Yu Chinn Chey

Yu Chinn Chey

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


Yu Chinn Joshua Chey is a molecular biologist and higher degree by research candidate. He is currently undertaking an MPhil by research in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Joshua is passionate about the biology and etiology of presently incurable diseases. His current research project aims to elucidate the roles of the Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) in the development and progression of Multiple Myeloma (MM).

My Research

Sn'HIF'fing out roles for HIFs in Multiple Myeloma

Joshua's MPhil project is in the areas of hypoxia (state of low oxygen levels) and blood cancer biology. Cellular responses to hypoxia are primarily mediated by the HIFs, which play important roles in both normal physiology and in disease, such as in cancer, infarction and inflammation. While hypoxia is widely recognised as a hallmark of solid tumours, its role in the pathology of liquid tumours is less well understood.

MM is the second most common blood cancer, an incurable haematological malignancy of bone marrow plasma cells that manifests as combination of clinical symptoms known mnemonically as CRAB: hyperCalcaemia, Renal failure, Anaemia, and Bone lesions. As the bone marrow microenvironment is physiologically hypoxic, HIF activation is likely to to contribute to the unfavourable biology of MM through the induction of angiogenesis, metastasis, osteolysis and cell survival.

Using cutting-edge CRIPSR/Cas9 technology, Joshua aims to elucidate HIF's roles in MM pathology to strengthen the rationale for the development of MM therapies that target the hypoxic bone marrow niche and for the repurposing of HIF-inhibitors.

Side projects

In addition to his interests in MM hypoxia, Joshua is also interested in the study of HIF pathway components in both normal and disease biology. He is actively involved in side projects pertinent to the study of Factor Inhibiting HIF (FIH) as a novel regulator of metabolism and the study of HIFs in retinal metabolism.

Peet Lab 2018

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award Most Outstanding Student Poster: Runner Up Australia and New Zeland Society for Cell and Developmental Biology Inc. Australia
    2017 Scholarship Master of Philosophy (No Honours) International Scholarship 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 Award The RA Fisher Prize for Genetics II 2016 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship 2015 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Philosophy
    2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Sim, J., Cowburn, A., Palazon, A., Madhu, B., Tyrakis, P., Macias, D., . . . Johnson, R. (2018). The FIH (Factor Inhibiting HIF) asparaginyl hydroxylase regulates oxidative metabolism and accelerates metabolic adaptation to hypoxia. Cell Metabolism, 27(4), 898-913.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC4

Joshua is involved in peer-to-peer teaching. In the lab, he co-supervises placement students and summer research students. He also demonstrates for Biochemistry (Cancer, Stem Cell and Development) practicals. As a mentor, Joshua likes to encourage critical and independent thinking, as well as project ownership.


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